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'Handmaid's Tale' Wants You To Feel Like 'This Could Happen Here'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:23pm

Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley star in Hulu's TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel — in which fertile women become reproductive surrogates for powerful men and their barren wives.

(Image credit: George Kraychyk/Hulu)

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, Director Of 'Silence Of The Lambs,' Dies At 73

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme died this morning in his New York apartment, of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 73 years old. Demme had the seemingly effortless ability to cross over from big budget Hollywood movies like "Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia" to documentaries about Haiti and rockumentaries about Talking Heads and Neil Young.

The High Price Of Fake Authenticity: $425 'Muddy' Jeans Inspire Mockery

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:31pm

This week, the Internet discovered that Nordstrom sells premium denim with a "crackled, caked-on muddy coating" — that is, fake dirt. Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe had some thoughts about that.

(Image credit: Nordstrom/Screenshot by NPR)

'Veep' Executive Producer On Making A Show About The 'Craven Desire For Power'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:06pm

The HBO series is now in its sixth season. Producer Frank Rich also writes a column for New York magazine about the intersection of politics and popular culture.

Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' Delivers A Timely And Feminist Message

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:06pm

A new 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1986 novel stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman living in a totalitarian state. Critic David Bianculli says the miniseries depicts a bleak and haunting future.

Jonathan Demme And The Simple Power Of The Close-Up

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:11pm

Demme, who directed 36 feature films and documentaries over the course of his long and varied career, died this morning. He was a filmmaker fascinated by the pure emotional force of the human face.

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Jonathan Demme, Director Of 'Silence Of The Lambs,' Dies At 73

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:04am

During more than four decades behind the camera, the Oscar-winning filmmaker forged a wide-ranging career — from documentaries to horror. He died Wednesday from complications of esophageal cancer.

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'Maud' Doesn't Quite Live Up To Its Heroine's Example

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:00am

Lucy Maud Montgomery — creator of Anne of Green Gables — seems like the perfect subject for a work of young adult fiction. But Melanie Fishbane's Maud feels like a draft of a Montgomery story.

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Now You Can Own JFK's Personal Reflections On History, For A Hefty Price

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:00am

As a young journalist seven decades ago, John F. Kennedy witnessed a bombed-out Berlin and Adolf Hitler's bunker. Bidding on his diary starts Wednesday and is expected to top $200,000 Wednesday.

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Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Compelling — And Chilling

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:22am

The adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian 1985 novel is a horror show revealed in slow motion — and the true horror of its brutal, patriarchal future theocracy is how possible it seems today.

(Image credit: George Kraychyk/Hulu)

'Just Show Up': Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who's Grieving

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:09pm

The Facebook executive lost her husband in 2015. She says, "Rather than offer to do something, it's often better to do anything. Just do something specific." Her new book is called Option B.

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Gripping Comics Memoir 'Hostage' Puts You In The Room Where Nothing Happens

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 1:12pm

Cartoonist Guy Delisle departs from the first-person travelogue format which has won him acclaim to chronicle the true story of a man kidnapped and detained for months in the Caucasus region in 1997.

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5 Films Look At The LA Riots From (Almost) Every Angle

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 1:08pm

Five documentary films attempt to complete the picture on what transpired in Los Angeles after the Rodney King beating by police.

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The Cocktail King Of Cuba: The Man Who Invented Hemingway's Favorite Daiquiri

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:15pm

Earning a spot on the author's list of most beloved drinks was no small feat. But bartender Constantino Ribalaigua, of Havana's now 200-year-old El Floridita, created a still-legendary cocktail.

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Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:44am

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.

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The Good And Goofy 'Great News' Comes To NBC

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 9:00am

A new NBC comedy has a lot of 30 Rock DNA, and it shows. While it's uneven at first, viewers who stick with it will get a satisfying blast of very silly jokes.

(Image credit: Greg Gayne/NBC)

Nation's Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:02pm

It's the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps remain.

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'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:27pm

Zen was published by William Morrow in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. The book has endured as a work of popular philosophy, and inspired many a road trip across the West.

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Two Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes'

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:05pm

"Great parts are meant to be played; they're not meant to be owned," says Laura Linney. So she and Cynthia Nixon have agreed to switch roles for each performance of Lillian Hellman's 1939 melodrama.

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A Watergate Villain Walks Into A Berkeley Restaurant. What Could Go Wrong?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:30pm

A new film profiles influential chef Jeremiah Tower. When one of the most hated men in U.S. politics walked in for dinner at Berkeley's famed Chez Panisse, where Tower worked, a colorful scene ensued.

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